Newcastle High student shines in Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes

TEENAGER Noah Dawson’s decision to scramble ashore a small island while on a birthday boating trip with his father has earned him unexpected success in the prestigious Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes.

Newcastle High student Noah, 15, was crowned winner of the year nine to 10 category, for a self portrait praised for its ‘perfect composition’ and taken using a tripod at the base of an olive tree.

“I’ve never entered a photography competition before so thought I would give it a go,” he said.

“I was very surprised and shocked that I actually won. I would never have thought I would get this far.” 

Noah was eight when he started making videos and later ventured into filming participants of Parkour, a form of urban acrobatics that includes running, climbing and jumping.

Stand out: Noah Dawson studies Photography and Digital Media at Newcastle High. He wants to grow his business and employ more photographers. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Stand out: Noah Dawson studies Photography and Digital Media at Newcastle High. He wants to grow his business and employ more photographers. Picture: Simon McCarthy

He bought a friend’s DSLR camera and this year set up Memento Collective with Steven Healy, shooting events, including weddings, and for corporate clients.

He won $3000 – for a new camera – and $3000 for his school.